Vienna in a global context

Many rankings and studies place Vienna among the best cities worldwide in the areas of infrastructure, housing, innovation and culture.

Panoramic view over Vienna's roofs at sunset

Vienna ranks first in many renowned international quality of life comparisons between cities:


Studies and city comparisons - overview

Ranking

Title

Year

Language

1

Netexplo Smart Cities 2020 Prize - UNESCO

2020

English

1 of 231

Quality of Living Ranking - Mercer

2019

English

1 of 140

The Global Liveability Index - Economist

2019

English

1 of 153

Smart City Index - Roland Berger

2019

English

1 of 101

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019: Performing Arts

2019

English

1 of 25

Europe's greenest capital cities - Compare the market

2019

English

1 of 69

State Of The World's Cities - UNO: 5.5 MB PDF

2012

English

5 of 25

Monocle Quality of Life Survey

2019

English

4 of 114

Global Talent Competitiveness Index: 11,5 MB PDF

2019

English

4 of 55

City RepTrak-Ranking - Reputation Institute

2018

English

5 of 100

Sustainable Cities Index - Arcadis

2018

English

5 of 150

Global 150 Cities Index

2017

English

5 of 31

Government and Social Media – University of Düsseldorf: 2.4 MB PDF

2014

English

6 of 100

Sustainable Cities Mobility Index - Arcadis

2017

English

6 of 10

Top 10 Start-up Cities

2015

English

19 of 500

Innovation Cities Index - 2thinknow

2018

English

17 of 44

Global Power City Index 2018 - Mori Foundation

2018

English

25 of 135

Global Cities Ranking - A.T. Kearney

2019

English

What makes Vienna successful?

Quality of life and reputation

  • Affordable housing
  • Access to healthcare system and education
  • Infrastructure: water supply, waste management, electricity supply
  • Dense and affordable public transport network
  • General safety and security
  • Political stability
  • Social stability

The local population and guests both benefit from the good quality of life in Vienna: Seven important questions and answers on the Mercer study (German)

Business and innovation

Vienna is smart, sustainable and innovative. The city is one of the most attractive locations worldwide for employees and businesses.

Vienna is the smartest city in the world

Vienna among the top 10 start-up cities worldwide

Culture and tourism

Locals and guests love Vienna’s rich cultural heritage, magnificent architecture and wealth of activities.

Science and universities

Austria’s capital is one of the major centres of knowledge in the world. It is the largest university city in the German-speaking region.

University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna tops list of world's best schools

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